• If The Apprentice has taught us anything, it's that people's CVs are full of errors (accidental or otherwise). HireRight's Steve Girdler claims that recruiters will now investigate and validate certain claims made on a CV. Here are the 11 fibs and falsehoods that he tends to spot.

    If The Apprentice has taught us anything, it's that people's CVs are full of errors (accidental or otherwise). HireRight's Steve Girdler claims that recruiters will now investigate and validate certain claims made on a CV. Here are the 11 fibs and falsehoods that he tends to spot.

  • A* A* A*:  Jobseekers are most likely to make false claims about their educational background and this is exaggerated or wrong on almost two in five (38%) applications.

    A* A* A*: Jobseekers are most likely to make false claims about their educational background and this is exaggerated or wrong on almost two in five (38%) applications.

  • UNIVERSITY OF LIFE?  Often grades and dates of attendance are incorrect but, in some cases, candidates haven’t even studied at the university or college where they claim to have been educated.

    UNIVERSITY OF LIFE? Often grades and dates of attendance are incorrect but, in some cases, candidates haven’t even studied at the university or college where they claim to have been educated.

  • FAKE JOB TITLES  Were you really chief awesomeness officer or have you made it up? If the job title seems too fancy for your level of experience or salary, the recruiter will investigate.

    FAKE JOB TITLES Were you really chief awesomeness officer or have you made it up? If the job title seems too fancy for your level of experience or salary, the recruiter will investigate.

  • EXAGGERATING SALARY  You want to boost your pay packet so you tell the recruiter you're earning £10,000 than you are. Uh-oh, they can and will check out your claims.

    EXAGGERATING SALARY You want to boost your pay packet so you tell the recruiter you're earning £10,000 than you are. Uh-oh, they can and will check out your claims.

  • FUDGING THE DETAILS  Over a third (35%) of people provide incorrect details about where they have worked previously. These people may never have worked for the company they claim to have been employed by or are hiding what they were really doing during this time, fearing it might affect their chances of getting a job.

    FUDGING THE DETAILS Over a third (35%) of people provide incorrect details about where they have worked previously. These people may never have worked for the company they claim to have been employed by or are hiding what they were really doing during this time, fearing it might affect their chances of getting a job.

  • JOIN THE CLUB  Almost a third (31%) of job applicants make false claims about their professional qualifications and memberships. Are you really a CIM qualified marketer? Have you renewed your membership?

    JOIN THE CLUB Almost a third (31%) of job applicants make false claims about their professional qualifications and memberships. Are you really a CIM qualified marketer? Have you renewed your membership?

  • FAKE REFEREES  Have you put your friend's mobile number down and told them to say they were your manager? Many recruiters will ignore the mobile number and dial in to the switchboard of the company you claimed to work for to ensure you are both telling the truth.

    FAKE REFEREES Have you put your friend's mobile number down and told them to say they were your manager? Many recruiters will ignore the mobile number and dial in to the switchboard of the company you claimed to work for to ensure you are both telling the truth.

  • OVERSTATING YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES  If you claim you were the CEO's right hand, expect in-depth questions at interview, which will test the veracity of the statement. Beware: recruiters may also closely monitor your body language to be double sure you're not lying.

    OVERSTATING YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES If you claim you were the CEO's right hand, expect in-depth questions at interview, which will test the veracity of the statement. Beware: recruiters may also closely monitor your body language to be double sure you're not lying.

  • SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE  Language skills are highly prized but, increasingly, recruiters will test out those claims. They may ask you to translate a piece of text or speak a phrase at interview, which they will expect you to understand.

    SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE Language skills are highly prized but, increasingly, recruiters will test out those claims. They may ask you to translate a piece of text or speak a phrase at interview, which they will expect you to understand.

  • I WASN'T FIRED!  If you pretend that you left a position voluntarily - but in truth you were fired, prepare to be caught out. Many recruiters will pointedly ask:

    I WASN'T FIRED! If you pretend that you left a position voluntarily - but in truth you were fired, prepare to be caught out. Many recruiters will pointedly ask: "Have you ever been fired?" and watch your reaction carefully to gauge if you are fibbing. They may also call up old bosses to check why you left.

  • USING JARGON  Industry insiders may use jargon or acronyms to describe their experience but beware using terms you do not understand. Recruiters may ask you to expand acronyms, or explain the inner workings of the technology you reference.

    USING JARGON Industry insiders may use jargon or acronyms to describe their experience but beware using terms you do not understand. Recruiters may ask you to expand acronyms, or explain the inner workings of the technology you reference.

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The 11 lies that recruiters are most likely to spot on your CV

by Rebecca Burn Callander and Steve Girdler
Last Updated: 26 Mar 2018

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